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Tuesday, 27.09.2016, 06:38
Commission President J.-C. Juncker delivered a regular State of the European Union address at the European Parliament on 14th of September. The address reveals the EU’s achievements of the past year and presents priorities for the year ahead. Besides it sets out the ways the Commission will take to deal with the most pressing challenges facing the EU.
On the occasion of the upcoming G-20 meeting in Hangzhou (China), the EU has released the publication “The EU in the world”, which provided a portrait of the EU compared with the major economies of the world. Twenty most powerful states in the world together with the EU-28 cover about 85% of the global GDP.
In August 1991, the three Baltic States –Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania- regained independence followed by their international recognition. Since then, these states made impressive and active steps in global community through participation in e.g. EU, NATO, OECD, WTO, etc. And quality of life here increased significantly…
During the last decade, only in ten EU states the number of young people neither in employment nor in education or training (so-called NEET-category) has decreased. In other 18 states, the situation has deteriorated. And so is the situation in the Baltic States, which shall be a matter of concern for politicians.
Brexit phenomenon seems to be the last drop in already over-flooded bowl of European problems. Drowned for several decades with talks about reforms, the EU now has to take the reforming trends seriously. People are asking politicians: Is the European integration in danger and what will happen with the “European project”?
For the first time since its accession to the EU in 2004, Slovakia assumes the rotating presidency of the Council of Ministers from this July to December. It takes the Presidency’s burden at a difficult period in EU integration characterized by multiple crises and a lack of trust among the member states.
The last ten days in June 2016 will go into the EU’s history: almost completely unexpected results of the UK’s referendum proclaimed the country’s exit from EU. The so-called Brexit will have a far-lasting effect on both the rest of the EU and on the three Baltic States. The latter have a solid chance to develop a common position to defend their common interests in the EU-UK process of negotiations.